MEDAL OF HONOR , COL. PATRICK H. O’RORKE
To the President of the United Stated and the Members of United States Congress:
WHEREAS, Patrick H. O’Rorke was born in County Cavan, Ireland, immigrated to the United States, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduated first in his class of 1861 and fought valiantly for his adopted homeland for two year until he died while leading a charge of the 140th New York Infantry Regiment in the defense of Little Round Top on July 2, 1963 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; and
WHEREAS, Colonel Patrick H. O’Rorke’s life and death in combat exemplify the mid-19th Century experience of Irish Americans in the cause of preserving the union of the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, Colonel Patrick H. O’Rorke’s gallantry and self-sacrifice are worthy of the Medal of Honor from his nation
NOW, THEREFORE, I, the undersigned, hereby request that the United States of America, through its President and Congress, grant the Medal of Honor to Col. Patrick H. O’Rorke of the 140th New York Infantry Regiment for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life in an action with the enemy on July 2, 1863 on Little Round Top in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.